em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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Normally, during embryonic development, the melanin-producing skin cells migrate to the top layer of your skin (the epidermis), Dr. Lipner explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know If Your Weird Mole Turns Out to Be a Blue Nevus," 15 Apr. 2019 At the Salk Institute for Genetic Expression, in La Jolla, California, scientists tweaked epigenetic markers in live mice with progeria, a disease of premature aging, to revert adult cells back into their embryonic state. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, "Can the Genes Responsible for Aging Be Altered by a Face Cream? These Skin-Care Companies Say Yes," 21 July 2018 The cells revert to a partially embryonic state, which causes them to emit the growth factors. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 This sparked a two-year study during which researchers monitored the embryonic activity of a number of pregnant tawny nurse sharks. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Researchers started with human embryonic stem cells, which are capable of giving rise to any type of human cell. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This retinal implant may one day cure blindness caused by macular degeneration," 5 Apr. 2018 Researchers have managed to clone nonhuman primates in the past couple of decades using other techniques, including a similar nuclear transfer method that relies on embryonic stem cells instead of somatic cells. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "First Primate Clones Produced Using the “Dolly” Method," 24 Jan. 2018 The endeavor, which is still in embryonic stages, will have public-health expert Dr. Atul Gawande as its CEO. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "DOJ approves $69B CVS-Aetna merger as healthcare industry restructures," 11 Oct. 2018 So far the project is still in the embryonic stage. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Google’s plans for first wired urban community raise data-privacy concerns," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo
: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

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